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Choosing Between Vinyl and Fabric Banners

Fabric or vinyl, vinyl or fabric. This question gets asked a lot in the world of display banners. Each fabric is unique and has pros and cons that come with using either one. To get the best out your display banners, it’s a good idea to take into consideration the intended use, such as location and logistics. Some materials work better in certain situations. Transport and storage should also come into play as vinyl can be heavier and bulkier. Today we will take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of vinyl and fabric banners.


Vinyl backdrops are known for their durability. They really can stand up to the harsh Australian climate and with the option of UV protection can last anywhere from 3 to 5 years. Vinyl can also be used in wet weather, making them ideal for outdoor sporting events. The colours on vinyl banners are more vibrant and really pop off the banner. Vinyl banners can also be printed on both sides making them great for urban environments and large-scale signs. With vinyl, you also have the option of mesh. Mesh cuts down on wind resistance and is a lot lighter than conventional vinyl.
However, vinyl creases easily and the downside is that you can’t iron these banners out like you can with fabric. Another con is that vinyl is quite heavy and cumbersome, so it will take up more storage space.  Vinyl also requires more hardware to install the banner correctly. Caring for your vinyl banners in the correct manner is essential if you want to keep them in good condition and crease free. For storage, vinyl banners should be rolled rather than folded, as folding them will create unsightly creases.


Fabric banners are lightweight and easier to install. They are ideal for indoor use and look more streamlined and sleek than their vinyl counterparts. Fabric banners come in a range of finishes such as satin, which will make your display stand out more and have a more professional appeal. With ideal lighting, your fabric banners will make your display look more elegant. Fabric can be used outdoors, although they do not withstand the elements and will perish at a more rapid rate than vinyl. They are best used indoors. Fabric banners are significantly lighter than vinyl making then easy to transport, install and store.
The downside of fabric banners is that they can only be printed on one side at this point in time. They are also not as durable as vinyl and are suited to indoors – although can be used outdoors but will degrade quickly.

Vinyl or Fabric

Well, each banner material has pros and cons; it all depends on where and how you’re going to use them. For outdoor use, I would definitely choose vinyl for the durability and option to print double-sided. For indoor use, fabric all the way. They are lightweight and have a classier finish when installed correctly.
If you want a great all-round banner I would probably choose vinyl, as it will work indoors and outdoors. If cared for properly, vinyl will outlast the lifespan of fabric. The older fabric gets the more raggedy it will look regardless of if you wash it or not. So when choosing your material for your banners always bear in mind where and how you will use them. Better yet, contact your supplier and they will happily help you out and provide you with the best product for your needs. Hopefully, this post will help you in making the right choice when it comes to choosing the material for your banners.

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  1. Thanks for explaining the benefits of these materials, such as how vinyl banners are durable and have more vibrant colors. When choosing one, you’d probably want to consider what it’s for and where you’ll put it so you can determine which color is best. It could also help to figure out what size you need based on the design you want and where it will go.

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